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2002 Meetings and Workshops

Indigenous Healing Traditions of the Americas: Paths to a New Medicine

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2002 to Sunday, November 17, 2002

NCCAM co-sponsored this conference that brought attention and recognition to the many contributions that indigenous health knowledge has made to conventional Western medicine. This event highlighted the effectiveness and value of many traditional healing practices through a presentation of case-studies.

Global Perspective on CAM

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2002

Arthur Kleinman discussed complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in a global and evolutionary context, examining the impact that CAM has had on biomedicine and vice versa, as both have achieved global reach. His talk also focused on changing public attitudes toward CAM and its implications for the practice of medicine, health research and health care.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Grants

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2002 to Thursday, October 31, 2002

NCCAM co-sponsored this workshop with the University of Maryland and the Health and Welfare Bureau, Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The workshop brought together international experts to address a range of topical issues in research methodologies involving TCM and grantsmanship.

Menopausal Hormone Therapy

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2002 to Thursday, October 24, 2002

The purpose of this meeting was to review the current available scientific information and ongoing clinical trials regarding menopausal combination hormone therapy (HT/HRT) in the United States. The meeting provided information about what recent study results mean for women who are taking menopausal combination hormones and what alternatives are available for specific conditions. This was a public meeting that brought together researchers, health care practitioners, knowledgeable groups and consumers.

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Nutritional Genomics and Proteomics in Cancer Prevention

Date: Thursday, September 5, 2002 to Friday, September 6, 2002

The purpose of this meeting was to highlight the molecular basis by which nutrients influence cancer prevention and provide examples for genomic/proteomic approaches to the science of nutrition.

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Mechanistic Studies of Cardiovascular Effects of Botanicals

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2002 to Friday, August 23, 2002

The goal of this NIH workshop was to assess the current state of research on the mechanisms of action responsible for the cardiovascular effect of several widely-used herbal dietary supplements, including garlic, ginkgo, hawthorn and phytoestrogens and the evidence for their clinical efficacy. It was also the intent of this workshop to promote exchange of information,to identify opportunities, and to foster collaboration among scientists who are interested in using botanicals in cardiovascular research.

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History of CAM lecture

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2002

Dr. Rosenberg’s presentation provided a historical context of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and examine the evolution of medicine. Rosenberg is best known for his work Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866 and has written extensively on the history or medicine and science.

Cancer Pain, Depression and Fatigue

Date: Monday, July 15, 2002 to Wednesday, July 17, 2002

NCCAM co-sponsored this conference that brought together national experts to address key questions regarding the occurrence, assessment, and treatment of pain, depression, and fatigue in cancer patients. Participants also discussed barriers to effective treatments and directions for future research.

Management of Hepatitis C: 2002

Date: Monday, June 10, 2002 to Wednesday, June 12, 2002

This Consensus Development Conference examined the current state of knowledge regarding the management of hepatitis C and identified directions for future research. During the first day-and-a-half of the conference, experts presented the latest hepatitis C research findings to an independent non-Federal panel. After weighing all of the scientific evidence, the panel will draft a consensus statement.

Perspectives on Conjugated Linoleic Acid Research

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 to Thursday, May 16, 2002

This conference provided an overview of the current research on Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) and future directions.

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Dietary Supplements Analytical Methods Workshop

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2002

This interactive workshop was designed to raise the level of understanding of the importance of appropriately selecting, validating, and documenting analytical methods for industrial, basic and clinical research, safety, compliance, and enforcement purposes.

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International Scientific Conference on Complementary, Alternative & Integrative Medicine Research

Date: Friday, April 12, 2002 to Sunday, April 14, 2002

This conference showcased the best examples of ongoing scientific research involving complementary, alternative and integrative medical therapies. The meeting fostered interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and international collaboration. Awards for the best presentations in each major category were presented.

NCCAM Town Meeting

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2002

NCCAM and two NCCAM-supported research centers in Portland co-sponsored NCCAM's third town meeting on CAM research. National and local speakers discussed current developments in CAM research. NCCAM Director Stephen E. Straus, M.D., provided an overview of NCCAM's mission, research, and accomplishments. Experts gave presentations on the complementary and alternative medicine disciplines of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and chiropractic. There were two audience question and answer sessions. The event was free and open to the public.

American Association for the Advancement of Science Symposium: The Science Underlying Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Date: Sunday, February 17, 2002

This symposium took place at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting. It explored the breadth of CAM practices, their current appeal, and the strategy by which the NIH is bringing tools of exacting science to bear on some of the more important and most fascinating observations in the field.

Acupuncture Research: Examples of the State of the Science from Bench to Bedside

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2002

National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) hosted the first session in its Invited Speakers Series on CAM research. A panel of international experts in acupuncture research presented data from animal studies as well as some of the latest in clinical work. A reception following these presentations provided the opportunity for NIH investigators to exchange ideas and foster future collaborations.

The Science and Policy of Performance-Enhancing Products

Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2002 to Wednesday, January 9, 2002

The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements and the Council for Responsible Nutrition examined the available scientific evidence that addresses the safety and efficacy of performance-enhancing products (PEP) and assessed policy concerns related to their use.